Orchid Adornment

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are on the second day of their official visit to Indonesia. No hats have been seen so far but Mette-Marit showed up for dinner tonight in Jakarta sporting some beautiful orchids. Since we seldom see any headgear on this princess, I thought it was worth noting! I love this homage paid to her tropical hosts.

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Photo from Purseforum.com

Duchess of Gloucester at St. Paul’s

The Duchess of Gloucester attended the Festival of St. Cecelia at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London today (Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and church music). Brigitte looked beautiful in a sky blue straw beret with stylized bow on top. The colour and shape were so very flattering on her; I think this is one of the best hats she has ever worn.

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Photo from St. Paul’s Cathedral

Monaco National Holiday

Today is Monaco’s National Holiday. As part of the official celebration, the Monegasque Royal Family attended a mass in the Cathedral of Monaco. As an official event, all the royal ladies (except for Stephanie, who seems allergic to headgear) wore a hat.

Let’s start with the good, shall we? Princess Caroline of Hanover & Monaco was dressed in a new Chanel suit (as usual!) but repeated this bold fuchsia and black netted cocktail hat. The hat was last seen a decade ago (at the Monaco National Holiday celebrations in 2002) but does not look it’s age. I thought it was great.

 

 

Charlotte Casiraghi was glamorously chic in an understated black hat. While some may have looked too informal in such a hat, she looked amazing.

 

And now for the less than good- Princess Charlene topped a gorgeous navy coat dress with a black bumper hat trimmed in a swath of blue net veil.  The flat-as-a-pancake shape feels costumey to me, like a prop used long ago by a comedian after he sat on it.

King’s Day

Belgium celebrated King’s Day today and members of the royal family attended the traditional Te Deum sung at Cathedrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels. Queen Paola was not in attendance and Princess Claire did not wear a hat. Princess Astrid and Princess Mathilde, however, were in hats for the celebration service.

I’m having a hard time finding something nice to say about Astrid’s floppy hat- I don’t like the shape, the size or how it looks on her. I think it’s a frumpy mess.

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On paper, I should dislike Mathilde’s velvet headband- it’s barely a half hat in a burgundy velvet fabric that mildly clashes with her red tweed wool dress and coat. In reality, however, I really like the way this Fabienne Delvigne design frames her face and adds softness, something a velvet hat usually does not do. The burgundy accessories work beautifully against Mathilde’s coat (thanks to the collar and dress in the same colour).

Princess Mathilde, November 15, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Mathilde, November 15, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Mathilde, November 15, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Photos from PurePeopleDutch Photo Press and Zimbio 

Diamond Jubilee Tour: Wellington

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were welcomed at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand today. Their tour is almost over and Camilla chose her last hat appearance to unveil (gasp) a NEW hat! It’s another Philip Treacy (surprise surprise) with a LOT going on- snakeskin, pheasant feathers, and a huge upswept brim. I like to keep my avian and reptilian fashion separate so I’ll take a pass on this one.

Photos from Getty as indicated